Theda by Georgina Starr

Last week on Tuesday, I went to the world premiere of a film. It was not Casino Royale but Theda by Georgina Starr. Theda is an art project that pays homage to the silent film era.

Let me rewind a few months; I went to art exhibit in East London and it was a fine day and people were being chatty. I struck up a conversation with some people nearby. And there was usual pleasantries and asking what each other does. I met Georgina there and she was telling me about this film project she was working on. She had met an actress who was a movie star during the silent film era. This gave Georgina the idea to make a short film. In the film Theda, Georgina has recreated scenes from silent films and many of these films have since been lost to time. I was fascinated by the premise.

The film is named after Theda Bara who was a big film star of that era. In the film Theda, Georgina did all the acting herself.

It was screened last Tuesday night at the Prince Charles theatre in Leceister square. The film was great; and it was accompanied by a live improvised score. People were turned away as the screening had sold out.

I got to ask Georgina a bit about the film after the screening. She did take some liberty with the scenes and injected some humour and whimsy at times. I was so intrigued by this film and wanted to know more about the original films.

I understand Theda will go on tour and appear in other cities. I highly recommend this film if you get a chance to see it.

More info about the project can be read at the link below.


Georgina’s web-site

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